President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a slew of executive orders Wednesday afternoon aimed at unwinding President Trump’s environmental legacy, from restoring boundaries to national monuments to rejoining the Paris climate accord to reviving the government's role in protecting the air, water and endangered species.
Unlike his predecessor, who inherited a booming economy and a world at peace but could only see “carnage,” Biden looked out from a ransacked Capitol to a country reeling from pandemic and riven with injustice and saw the possibility for renewal and rebuilding.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a Trump administration rule on carbon dioxide emissions, effectively restoring President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which limited those pollutants from power plants.
States have responded to the slow rollout of coronavirus vaccine by expanding eligibility for the shots to people over 65. But the moves have made it more difficult to recruit and retain test subjects for clinical trials of vaccines that have yet to win emergency authorization.
The choice of the Obama-era regulators to lead two key agencies overseeing the financial sector signals the incoming Biden team’s intent to provide an aggressive check on industry after four years of deregulation.